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McCrory would call lawmakers back for jobs

Gov. Pat McCrory is still leaving open the possibility of calling the General Assembly back for a special session on economic development incentives before the year is out.

Speaking to reporters last week, he reiterated that he would do that if discussions with companies justified it.

“If it means bringing new jobs to North Carolina and we need to make that decision soon, we’ll call a session,” McCrory said. “But only if a session is required before January.”

He said there isn’t a specific deadline for making that call.

“A lot of that timetable is dependent on the customers that we’re dealing with,” McCrory said. “Again, if the customers need a decision now, and they’ve finalized it to North Carolina … then I will try to get them an answer as soon as possible. If the answer requires going to the legislature, I’ll ask the legislature to convene.”

The General Assembly is scheduled to return Jan. 14. It adjourned in August without adding money to the state’s Job Development Investment Grant fund, and it didn’t pass a flexible fund for closing deals with companies.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has said the JDIG fund would run out by late October.

The Triangle Business Journal reported that Decker on Friday said JDIG is one project away from depleting its fund.